Interview with Monika Conroy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Munich, Germany after the war. We had no TV or Radio and reading was our only entertainment. Reading introduced me to exotic places, people and food. The only drawback, if I misbehaved books were taken away as punishment.
When did you first start writing?
When I was seven, I wrote about the Queen of Sheba and a dresser whose drawers contained all the secrets. The story blew my teacher away and my mother was called and she had to meet with the teacher. I have no idea what was said, but from then on the teacher was my biggest supporter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A neighbor of mine told me when we get to heaven we get reunited with our husband/wife if they preceded us. My question to her was simple what if you were a widow multiple times, what then? Do you get to choose which husband you want to be in eternity with. The woman left and never spoke to me again.
What is your writing process?
I first write the outline in my head along with the main characters. Once I feel comfortable, I write the story. Then the fun begins, print - rewrite, print - rewrite. Each time the story is fleshed out more and takes shape. When I am halfway through the story, I go back to the beginning, reading, printing, rewriting. The final chapters, about three of them, literally write themselves because it's not a story anymore as the characters taken life on their own,
How do you approach cover design?
Should give an inclination of the book's content.
What do you read for pleasure?
Murder, spy and action stories.
Describe your desk
Clean, with a selection of my favorite music cds I play when I write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation of new worlds, where justice wins in the end and women are equal to men.
What do your fans mean to you?
Kindred spirits.
What are you working on next?
Another fantasy as soon as I get comfortable using my new computer with window 8
Published 2014-08-09.
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Books by This Author

The Dawning of Ashiba
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 65,880. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kathryn fearing a schizophrenic breakdown, Bakerizes herself. Dr. Bealor, a psychiatrist hypnotizes her to determine the origin of the voices and the doctor learns about Ashiba, a parallel world in which he appears and Kathryn is known as Mearah. Bealor discovers the origin of the universe, the birth of day and night, the seasons of the year, and how good and evil came to exist on Ashiba.
The Legend of Ashiba
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,150. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Agella has been plagued by dreams. One night a hidden part of her personality comes to life and establishes her own existence. Agella must battle Ri`san the other woman by winter's solstice, else a permanent schism will occur and Ashiba will revert to the dark ages.
Ashiba's Dream
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,400. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In a dusty, barren valley in Ashiba a murder is about to take place. The thirty-two year old widow is chosen by the Gods to rescue the royal infant, who is so marked with a Blue Rose on her shoulder and save her from the usurper King who ordered the murder of the infant’s parents and plans to betroth the child to the king’s heir. The quest to find the child begins.
A Heavenly Uproar
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 58,940. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Widow meets God in heaven who tells her she must choose one of her three prior husbands to spend eternity with. She disagrees and starts a revolution in heaven.
Tales from Beneath the Frost Line
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,700. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Chosen from the files of prize—winning south Florida writers, this diverse and fascinating collection of short stories and novel chapters will entertain you and lodge in your memory for time to come.
Tales from Below the Frost Line Vol. II
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,030. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Mystery, passion, hate, intrigue, love, murder, laughter and startling surprises, worldly and otherwise are subjects of the short story anthology from two award winning authors.
Tales of Whiffletree Lane
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,450. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Moonpie a gray, two year old feline of mixed breeding, Luddie the Great Dane, Amber the Rottweiler, Sangha the Frog and Bogie the Rabbit are members of the Covenant of Domestication, however an unrequited interspecies love threatens to destroy the Covenant.
The Regulators
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Janet confronts a death row inmate and escorts him to the Purgatory for a preview of the torment awaiting him should he not confess his misdeeds. Returning to her life, Janet learns that her godchild was killed. The driver, a well known football star, is found innocent. Revenge driven Janet meets out justice and in the end, accepts the need for Regulators.
The Dragon and the painter
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,910. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Dragon and the painter meet weekly. The dragon tutors the painter who then illustrates the tale’s meaning on a picture board. Centuries later, Isabella d’Estes discovers the ancient boards in the papal library. On her journey home, gypsies render aide to Isabella. As payment, the gypsies are given the boards. The final board, The Oracle, Isabella keeps. Free, the “Tarot” spread.